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School of Education thanks retiring Advancement Council members as term ends June 15

The VCU School of Education would like to honor five members of its Advancement Council who have announced their retirement as their respective terms end on June 15.

Bob Marchant, Stewart Roberson, Walter Robertson, Barbara-lyn Belcher and Jo Lynne DeMary are all inaugural members of the council, having served on the committee since its founding in 2008.

Under their guidance, the council has grown from seven to 12 members, and sponsored several fundraising initiatives for the school, including the recent Faculty Excellence Fund, designed to support School of Education professors in their research and professional development initiatives.

"Each one of them has played a big part in making the council what it is today, and given us a solid foundation to grow on.”

“We’d like to thank Bob, Stewart, Walter, Barbara-lyn and Jo Lynne for their eight years of service to the Advancement Council,” Ed Kardos, senior director of development, said. “Each one of them has played a big part in making the council what it is today, and given us a solid foundation to grow on. I can’t thank them enough for that.”

To fill the vacancies left by their departure, four VCU alums — Mary Ann H. Wright (M.Ed. '84, Ph.D. '97); Michael B. Gill (M.S. '02, Post-master's Cert. '06, Ed.D. '11); Michael C. Huffman (M.S. '02, Ph.D. '12/H&S); and Eric L. Jones (M.Ed. '99, Ph.D. '11); — will join the Advancement Council, also effective June 15.

“We’re excited to have such high-caliber candidates joining our Advancement Council team,” Kardos said. “The fact that they are all alumni just shows how excited our graduates are to come back and continue to be a part of the school.”

About the Advancement Council

Consisting of alumni and friends of the VCU School of Education, the Advancement Council supports the school’s fundraising and outreach efforts by promoting the school within the community, identifying philanthropic opportunities, sponsoring a variety of events and initiatives, and advising the dean on issues key to the school’s growth.